Apply Now to an After School Matters Summer Program!

Summer programs are now in session!

Open to Chicago teens ages 14-18 and in high school, earn money to learn new skills, make friends, and stay active in one of ASM’s hundreds of Summer programs across Chicago!

Summer programs will run June 24 – August 2, 2024.

Summer Programs Info:

Apply to up to SIX programs and increase your chances of getting enrolled. New programs will continue to be added!

👉 Are you 14-15 years old? Apply for Apprenticeship programs and earn a stipend for your participation. (Teens must be 14 years old by September 1, 2024.)

👉 Are you 16+ years old? Apply for Internship programs and gain entry-level professional experience while earning $15.80/hour. (Teens must be 16 years old by June 24, 2024.)

Please check the location of the programs you are applying to and be sure you will have safe transportation to and from the program. Spaces are limited.

⚠️ Complete the One Summer Chicago Application to Pick Your ASM Progams

You will need to complete the One Summer Chicago application and select "After School Matters" to "Complete your ASM application," by clicking the blue button - see the red arrow in screenshot. This is where you will choose the specific ASM programs you want to apply to.

Fall programs begin on September 25.

Interview Schedule:

🌟 In-person Interviews for Programs Hosted at ASM Buildings on the following day:
Doors close for entry at 6:00 p.m. 

  • Thursday, May 23 | 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Lutz Center & Gately Park)

Note:  Please come prepared for auditions or with art materials if the program requires it. 

ASM Building Locations: 
*You must interview at the ASM building where the program runs!

📍 The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center | 3435 N. Cicero Ave. Chicago, IL 60641

📍 Gallery 37 Center for the Arts | 66 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601

📍 After School Matters at Gately Park | 10201 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Chicago, IL 60628

🌟 For Programs Not at an ASM Building: Instructors will contact teens about an interview via email.

By participating in an ASM program and successfully meeting the program requirements, you will earn a financial stipend.

Summer Programs

The Fall Program Application Opens Late August.

Fall Programs Run September 23-December 14.

Log into Your Teen Dashboard

Check on the status of your application, see if you’re on track to get paid, and more.

Stay tuned! Summer application opening April 1, 2024!

Now Offering

Spring Break Programs!

March 25 – March 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

Earn $100 for this 4-day opportunity.

Apply for ASM’s
Winter Wellness Challenge

Take part in the challenge
December 23 – January 1 and earn a $150 stipend by completing 7 of the 10 challenge prompts.

I-9 Employment Verification for Teen Interns

Full details and schedule to complete your I-9 Employment Verification before the start of programs.

In an ASM program, you will:

  • Gain hands-on experience while working with instructors who are professionals in their field
  • Develop new skills
  • Make friends
  • Create a plan for the future
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Immerse yourself in community and culture
  • Find a sense of purpose
  • and more!

Have a question and need support?

Visit our Help Center for answers to questions regarding the teen application, teen pay, I-9 Verification, and more. Your question may be easily answered here.

Types of Programs


Performing, visual, and culinary arts

Communication & Leadership

Business, journalism, marketing and media


Sports instruction, stadium management, health and wellness


Applied and natural science, audio/visual, industrial and information technology

FAQs About Applying

To participate in an After School Matters Summer program, you must:

  • Be a resident of Chicago and attend a Chicago High School.
  • Be 14 years old by September 1, 2024.

Instructors will communicate directly with you as they finalize their program rosters throughout the recruitment period.

The instructor will add you to their program roster and you will receive an offer via email. You must accept within 72 hours before the offer expires. You may also accept an offer by logging into your Teen Dashboard.

ALL teens who apply to a program can check the status of their application via their Teen Dashboard.

  • Application Submitted: You have successfully applied to this program. The instructor is still reviewing all applications and a placement decision has not been made yet.
  • Enrolled: You have accepted an offer to this program.
  • No Offer: This program is full and you did not receive an offer. If a spot opens (for example, a selected participant can no longer attend), you could still be considered for placement.

Reach out directly to the instructors of the programs you applied to (visible on the Teen Dashboard) via email to introduce yourself, check in on the status of your application, and share the reasons why you want to be in their program.

Instructors will email your ASM Gmail account so make sure you are checking it regularly. If you need a password reset, please Contact Us and select Teen Technical Support.

You may apply to up to six programs at once per program session.

When completing your application, have your CPS ID number ready (if applicable), the email address you check most often, and/or phone number. A valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is accepted but not required for your application.

Teens applying to Internships must be at least 16-years-old and must complete employment verification requirements, I-9 and W-4 forms, after you have been placed in a program.

If you do not have a Social Security number or ITIN, you can still participate in some After School Matters programs! Please Contact Us for support. 

No, you may only participate in one program per program session. We do encourage you to participate in more programs in future sessions.

Most programs require an in-person or virtual interview. This is a time to connect with the instructor, share why you want to participate in the program, what other obligations you may have during the session, how the instructor can best support you, and any questions.

Do not accept an offer unless you are sure you will attend.  

Once the offer is sent, you will have 72 hours to decide and accept the offer. Please reach out to the instructor or Program staff if you have questions or would like more information about the program.

Follow these steps:
  1. Use your Application ID to log into your Teen Dashboard under “Edit an Existing Application.”
  2. Search for the program you want to apply to from the list below.
  3. Add the program to your application.
  4. Click “next” all the way through to fully submit the application.
  5. Be on the lookout for enrollment offers in your email or your Teen Dashboard.

Follow these steps:

  1. Use your Application ID to log into your Teen Dashboard under “Edit an Existing Application.”
  2. Got to the Application Status page
  3. Click the purple “Remove” button next to the program you wish to remove from your application.


Note: You can remove a program from your application as long as you were not made an offer to the program. Once you remove a program from your application, you will not be able to re-add it.


If you wish to switch programs, contact your school liaison or Program staff asap. All program switches should take place by the first week of a program session.

All teens that meet the stipend eligibility requirements will receive a stipend based on the program level and frequency. Learn more about Teen Pay, here.

After School Matters will issue you an Gmail account 1- 2 business days after you accept an offer to an ASM program for the first time. Returning ASM teens should already have an account. 

Instructors will email your ASM Gmail account, so make sure you are checking it regularly.

If you need a password reset, please Contact Us and select Teen Technical Support.

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